The World's Longest Flight Is Starting Again And It's Even Longer
Clocking in at an 18 hour flight time, Singapore Airlines' journey between Singapore and Newark airport in New Jersey is already the longest scheduled passenger flight out there, but now they're going to be flying to New York's JFK airport, pushing that distance even further.
So, before it got cancelled because of the pandemic, the flight distance was a gigantic 9,534 miles, but the first flight back since it was all called off on March 23 will travel a full 9,536.5 miles.
In a statement, Singapore Airlines announced that the airport switcheroo was in order to allow them to 'better accommodate a mix of passenger and cargo... in the current operating climate.'
Whilst the passenger numbers are obviously going to plummet, they're anticipating 'significant cargo demand' for all sorts of stuff involving 'pharmaceuticals, e-commence, and technology firms'.
In terms of actual passengers, it's not certain how many will be on board because of the ongoing restrictions in place regrading travel to and from Singapore.
The tiny country is not currently allowing visitors outside of those with a passport, a visa, or from countries like Australia, Vietnam, New Zealand, and Brunei.
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That's because those countries have an 'Air Travel Pass'.
Others from places like China, Malaysia, Japan, and South Korea can come in if they're sponsored by a Singaporean company, and only for work.
It'll take off three times each week and there will be 187 economy seats, 24 premium economy seats, and 42 business class seats aboard the Airbus A350-900.
As for the USA, Singapore Airlines has managed to keep the nonstop flights from Changi airport to Los Angeles going during the coronavirus pandemic, and will - they say - 'continue to review its operations to the United States, and assess the growing demand for air travel amid the ongoing recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, before decided to reinstate services to other points in the country.'
The flights from Singapore to JFK in New York will take 18 hours and five minutes, whilst the way back will take slightly longer - although not much at 18 hours and 40 minutes - due to the headwind that occurs travelling that way.
Passengers will arrive two days after they left, too. That's because the flight leaves at 10:30pm and arrives at 6:10 am.
Obviously, all the crew will wear PPE, and passengers must wear masks whilst not eating or drinking.
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